Category Archive: Flash

Sep 04 2015

How to Install a Micro SD Card in an HP Proliant Microserver (Gen 8)

Recently, I bought ourselves a new microserver to replace our existing home server which I built six or seven years ago. It was a steal at AU$290 for the entry level HP Proliant Microserver (Gen 8) which ships with the Celeron G1610T CPU and without any hard drives or optical drive. Anyway, given that I …

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Aug 30 2013

Move Your Spotify Cache Folder

Here’s a quick tip. If you’re using a solid state drive then you are probably trying to scrounge as much free space particularly if you’ve only got a 64GB or 128GB solid state drive. If you’ve got a hard drive then you’ve probably shifted larger stuff over to it that doesn’t require the speed as …

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Aug 03 2013

Checking TRIM is Enabled Under Windows 7 or Windows 8

Another quick tip regarding TRIM which has been mentioned a few times on the blog recently. If you’ve got an SSD you might want to double check that TRIM is enabled to ensure that the garbage collection processes can run and keep your SSD in peak performance. Usually, Windows 7 and Windows 8 will set …

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Jul 31 2013

Android 4.3 Hits the Nexus 7

Well, as fate would have it, after my disappointment with my Nexus 7 and its declining flash memory performance the latest version of Jelly Bean in the form of Android 4.3 actually includes support for TRIM. This capability was lacking in prior versions of the operating system unless your rooted your device and used various …

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Feb 26 2013

Booting from a USB Flash Drive in Microsoft Surface

Recently, I provided the instructions on how to copy the backup partition in a Microsoft Surface on to a USB flash drive. Obviously, it’s also worth knowing how to use the backup if you do wipe the recovery partition from your tablet – so here’s how: Power off the Surface, Plug in the USB flash …

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Feb 16 2013

Microsoft Surface, Windows RT and International Travels

Usually when I am on travels away from home I pack quite a comprehensive technology bag including cameras (a tough camera and a higher end replaceable lens camera) as well as a backup smartphone, tablet and a laptop. The laptop I have been packing recently is a MacBook Pro but decided to throw caution to …

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Aug 31 2012

An Alternative to Full Size SD Cards

Here’s a quick tip for today. For those of us that have been using flash memory for a while we’d be all too familiar with the humble SD card. The SD card has continued to grow in capacity from 1MB through to huge capacities 64GB and higher in SDXC formats. What people may not realise …

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Aug 13 2012

Solid State Drives and Reinstalling Windows

Here’s a tip for those of you out there with solid state drives in your computers. If you’re looking to reinstall Windows at some stage (particularly with Windows 8 nearing its release) then you might want to consider a little bit of spring cleaning before starting afresh. Now, you might think that by formatting a …

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Aug 11 2012

Don’t Clone Hard Drives to Solid State Drives

Here’s a quick tip for people out there looking to buy a solid state drive for their computer. Generally, people have gotten used to the concept of cloning a smaller hard drive to a larger one when capacity has become an issue and naturally this would be seen as an option to migrate from a …

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Jul 04 2012

How to Install XBMC on Raspberry Pi

I know a few people have been awaiting this video so here you go! Following on from a prior post, I’ve had some time to muck around with the Raspberry Pi and after a quick play with one of the suggested Linux distributions I thought I’d try something more interesting such as XBMC. Being able …

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